From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–This sturdy offering presents full-color photos of charismatic canines embellished with pull tabs and tactile (mostly furlike) textures. The brief, rhyming text highlights various critters and their behaviors, making comparisons and contrasts. On one page, a wheaton terrier (Little dog) is posed next to an English mastiff (Big dog) and a nervous-looking Chihuahua (Teeny dog quakes), while opposite, a neatly coiffed schnauzer backs away from a damp mutt in a tub and the verse finishes, Dry dog,/Wet dog–/shake,/shake,/shake! (a pull tab moves the bather's head from side to side). Unfortunately, some of the concepts are not as clearly presented. One spread reads: Happy dog,/Sad dog,/Friendly dog licks./Slobber dog,/Pant dog,/Drooly dog sticks! Aside from the awkward phrasing, children may not notice that the aforementioned pooch has a touchable sticky tongue (it's rather small) and miss the point completely. A page showing a Lab puppy in a squatting position declares, All dogs poop, while the English bulldog standing nearby lifts its leg–with the help of a pull tab–revealing, All dogs pee. The book ends with foldouts that introduce each pet by name and breed. Leave this one for the bookstore crowd.–Joy Fleishhacker
, School Library Journal
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About the Author
Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for more than twenty years. His uniquely designed board books invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His New York Times
bestselling titles include Cat
as well as the #1 New York Times
. His books have sold more than six million copies and have been translated around the world.
Brian Stanton is a New York based commercial photographer who shoots advertising, corporate, and editorial assignments. His clients include The Independent Film Channel, NBC, Bravo Networks, Lincoln Center, Panasonic, and Novartis. Brian’s work can be viewed at BrianStantonPhoto.com.